After a slightly longer development process than I had anticipated (work, writing projects, and waiting for the application icon have got in the way), I have finally reached the very first beta release of the software, Aeon Timeline Version 0.1. Thank you to those who have shown interest and patience throughout the development process.
Throughout the beta process, you will always be able to access the latest beta release by following the ‘Latest Version’ link at the top of the page. The current feedback mechanism is hosted on the Literature and Latte forums – please click on ‘Provide Feedback’ at the top of the page for full details.
The good news with this release is that I believe we have an application that users may find useful straight away, and that already offers greater flexibility than many other timeline applications on the market. Shake the limbs, kick the tyres, find the bugs; see how Aeon Timeline fits into your workflow, what works, what doesn’t, and what can be done to make Aeon Timeline better.
By necessity, I have met the basics first. In this beta you can create events, add characters, make notes, save, print and export. Much, much more functionality is to come. But already, there are features to make the writer’s task easier:
- Events are draggable, colour-coded, and have their own extended notes
- Characters share a single timeline, allowing events to be shared between characters
- Character ages are displayed alongside each event, giving a better understanding of how the character would be affected by the event.
- Characters can be added, re-ordered, hidden, and deleted altogether.
- Events can be filtered to show a single character’s POV, or all events on the timeline can be displayed
- A zoom function allows you to zoom in to view a single hour, or zoom out to view an entire century
- A context bar means you always know where you are in your timeline
There is much work to be done. The planned features list is long, flexible, and awaiting feedback. The full list is available in the documentation accompanying the beta, but I will post about some of the major extensions soon.